Van Jaarsveld returns with Welsh Dragons
Former South Africa batsman Martin van Jaarsveld has made a u-turn on his decision to retire from county cricket by joining Glamorgan for the Friends Life t20.
However, van Jaarsveld leading the Titans to the domestic double, including the Twenty20 competition, over the English winter has encouraged him to return to the United Kingdom.
Van Jaarsveld, who played nine Tests and 11 one-day internationals spanning 2002 to 2004, averaged 28 with the bat at a strike-rate of 156 in the Titans’ T20 triumph, similar to his career T20 average. In last year’s FLt20 those figures were 66 at 162.
He will play under his British passport, meaning the Welsh Dragons (as Glamorgan are now known in the FLt20) can sign a second overseas player alongside Marcus North.
Van Jaarsveld, who will arrive at the end of May, said: “The Titans have had a really successful season and this has re-ignited my passion in the game.
“I enjoy playing Twenty20 cricket and I will be working hard to help the Welsh Dragons reach the 2012 Friends Life t20 finals day, particularly as it is being held at the SWALEC Stadium.”
Glamorgan Cricket’s head of elite performance Matthew Mott added: “Martin is an experienced, quality cricketer and his record speaks for itself.
“We have been looking for genuine match-winners to make us a more potent force and, off the back of a very successful season in South Africa with the Titans, Martin fits the bill.”